Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.
Rules are made to be broken . . .
PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.
Are you ready to play?
Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…
Natalie has been searching for information on the whereabouts of her biological father but what she hadn't expected was he would find out and send someone to kidnap her! Sevastyan is her father's most trusted enforcer and Natalie is about to be enter a world of crime and danger where betrayal and death is just a heartbeat away. Taken to Russia is just the start of Natalie's adventure though, as the sinfully seductive Sevastyan awakens passions in Natalie she never imagined she would possess. Ever curious Natalie is pulled into a lifestyle of opulence beyond her dreams but there's a price to pay and it's the price of blood!
I am a huge fan of Ms Cole's Immortals After Dark series and was very interested when I heard that she was writing a new series but in a different genre. Now I will be frank and mention I'm not really a huge fan of BDSM type stories, although I have read some. Ms Cole writes such hot and sexy scenes I was more than happy to read this. I didn't really find the first half of the story erotic but it's a passionate chemistry that exists between the two central characters and it only hots up as their relationship progresses. Once the couple are on their own, the author lets her imagination have full reign and takes this story in a surprising direction. Definitely not for those easily shocked but it's a book dripping with passion that just pulls you in.
Although the sex is a huge part of this book, it's the characters themselves that have the most resonance. Natalie is the most confident and precocious virgin I have ever read about, yes I said virgin! She's twenty four and very picky and I didn't quite find it believable, if honest. As for Sevastyan, well if dominant men with a dark and twisted past appeal, then you will love him. His back story is what drives this book as Natalie struggles to unlock his innermost demons and Sevastyan is a man with very particular needs. Natalie is his obsession and more than that she is his reason to breathe!
I couldn't put The Professional down once it caught my interest but it's a dark edgy read and not a sweet romance. What elevates it is Ms Cole's signature humour, as even when there's pain and anguish, she cleverly puts snark and verve into her writing. We get to share Natalie's innermost thoughts and she's not always as innocent as Sevastyan believes she is! Whilst I do prefer the author's paranormal work, I'd definitely read more in this vein. If this is the first in a series as Sevastyan has two brothers, maybe we will learn more about Russia and the shady underworld there. Well written and not exactly what I expected but imaginative and a welcome departure.
At Amazon the Kindle version is $7.59 and the paperback is $11.30; at B & N the Nook book is $7.59 and the paperback is $11.52.